The size of False Bay makes the systematic survey of the entire area an impractical project. The bay does contain several areas whose surface features suggest that they might contain different communities. We chose, therefore, to select four of these areas.  Within each area we characterized the physical environment and the fauna in a variety of ways.

Physical environment



We set up two worm farms in the laboratory for observing organisms.  Although the thickness of sediment allowed many of the worms to live cryptically within the farm, some made visible burrows.  Click here for details about setting up a worm farm and to see a terebellid worm in its new laboratory habitat.